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Date Archived
Creator
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by Archer Productions, Inc.
616,217
214
73
Selected for the 2004 National Film Registry of "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" motion pictures. Famous Civil Defense film for children in which Bert the Turtle shows what to do in case of atomic attack.
( 73 reviews )
Topics: Atomic-nuclear: Civil defense, Animation
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by Unknown
319,624
165
82
Anti-pornography film produced by financier Charles Keating, linking pornography to the Communist conspiracy and the decline of Western civilization.
( 82 reviews )
Topics: Culture wars, Sexualities, Pornography
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by Various
211,562
103
13
Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
( 13 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
150,443
43
23
Lucky Strike cigarette commercial with stop-motion animation of square-dancing cigarettes.
( 23 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Substance abuse: Tobacco, Animation: Stop-motion
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by Various
147,661
118
32
Examples of broadcast advertising from the 1950s and 1960s.
( 32 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism
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by Filmways
105,132
34
23
Ford commercial linking new compact cars to futurism and the space frontier.
( 23 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Automobiles: Advertising, Futurism
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by Filmways (?)
94,144
27
19
Cereal commercial targeted at children of the space age.
( 19 reviews )
Topics: Space: Culture, Advertising: Television commercials, Agriculture: Food industry: Cereals
Prelinger Archives
by Handy (Jam) Organization
73,074
31
15
Lucky Strike cigarette commercial with stop-motion animation of marching cigarettes.
( 15 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Substance abuse: Tobacco, Animation: Stop-motion
Prelinger Archives
by Various
69,132
51
12
Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
( 12 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
Prelinger Archives
by Various
62,364
42
5
Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
57,561
16
10
Dinah Shore promotes the new Chevrolets and sings "See the U.S.A. in your new Chevrolet."
( 10 reviews )
Topic: Automobiles: Advertising
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by Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
53,949
81
29
Delightful musical made to promote color telephones as a decorator accessory in the home.
( 29 reviews )
Topics: Communication: Telephone, Consumerism, Houses and homes
Prelinger Archives
by Various
52,776
45
15
Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
( 15 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Disney (Roy)
47,393
16
15
The "I Like Ike" animated television commercial, produced by Roy Disney and Citizens for Eisenhower-Nixon.
( 15 reviews )
Topics: Political campaigns and elections, Eisenhower, Dwight David, Presidents
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by Various
45,904
37
8
Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
( 8 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
Prelinger Archives
by Various
45,310
44
9
Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
( 9 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Unknown
43,141
5
9
Part-animated screen ad for Esso "Extra" gasoline.
( 9 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Screen ads, Animation: Advertising, Oil industry
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by Sutherland (John) Productions, Inc.
41,613
53
9
Corporate Cold War-era cartoon linking Bill of Rights to free-enterprise ideology.
( 9 reviews )
Topics: Cold War, Capitalism, Animation: Advertising
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by Various
39,510
35
5
Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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37,967
24
12
A television commercial for Newport cigarettes.
( 12 reviews )
Topic: commercial
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35,581
22
8
Television commercial for Aurora Stunt and Drag Race toy cars.
( 8 reviews )
Topic: need keyword
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29,070
14
6
( 6 reviews )
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
28,648
46
3
Astonishing sitcom-style sponsored film encouraging increased consumption of electricity by an ever-increasing number of appliances. The plot pits a starry-eyed teenage girl against a geek whose main interests happen to be engineering and time study.
( 3 reviews )
Topics: Electricity, Gender roles, Houses and homes
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26,302
2
6
( 6 reviews )
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by Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
23,732
12
8
TV host Arthur Godfrey takes controls of a passenger plane to demonstrate airline operations.
( 8 reviews )
Topics: Aviation: Commercial, Transportation: Air
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by Various
22,662
23
5
Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Radio Corporation of America (RCA), Motion Picture Productions
22,616
22
10
Invisible white-gloved hands demonstrate the operation of the RCA 16mm sound projector.
( 10 reviews )
Topic: Motion pictures: Projection
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by Unknown
22,298
15
12
Three TV commercials; one set in St. Louis, Missouri, another on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, and a quick review of telephone history.
( 12 reviews )
Topics: Communication: Telephone, Advertising: Television commercials, St. Louis, Missouri
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21,382
7
8
0736 PA8910 Sunbeam Bread TV Commercials "John Engel, 1953-1957"; was PA-3992
( 8 reviews )
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20,019
9
4
Television commercial for Hit Parade cigarettes.
( 4 reviews )
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
19,740
19
8
Theater advertisements for the first all-new automobile to be placed on the market after World War II, the Oldsmobile Futuramic.
( 8 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Screen ads, Automobiles: Advertising, Design
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19,317
7
5
( 5 reviews )
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by Bay State Film Productions, Inc.
18,448
17
7
Introduces Polaroids marketing campaign for the year 1964, including TV commercials. Produced for dealers.
( 7 reviews )
Topics: Media: Photography: Instant Photography, Advertising: Television commercials, Sales: Training
Prelinger Archives
by Handy (Jam) Organization
18,331
36
7
Astonishing sitcom-style sponsored film encouraging increased consumption of electricity by an ever-increasing number of appliances. The plot pits a starry-eyed teenage girl against a geek whose main interests happen to be engineering and time study.
( 7 reviews )
Topics: Electricity, Gender roles, Houses and homes
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
17,811
13
5
Promotes a new console television that folds into a piece of furniture so as to conceal the all-seeing picture tube. We have the picture, but not the soundtrack of this film.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: Media: Television, Furniture, Houses and homes: Interior decoration
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by Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
17,327
8
3
TV host Arthur Godfrey takes controls of a passenger plane to demonstrate airline operations.
( 3 reviews )
Topics: Aviation: Commercial, Transportation: Air
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16,898
3
7
Television commercial for Scotties Facial tissues.
( 7 reviews )
Topic: need keyword
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16,713
19
9
Beer promotional film. "Sparkling, golden, pure, refreshing, a beverage as old as history."
( 9 reviews )
Topic: need keyword
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
15,779
14
3
Promotes an early version of the television remote control. We have the picture, but not the soundtrack of this film.
( 3 reviews )
Topics: Media: Television, Electronics, Technology
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by Strauss (Henry) and Company, Inc.
14,399
17
2
Modern radar for passenger aircraft. Shows how man has always reached for vision of the things beyond his sight, beginning, perhaps, with the ancient sailor who first climbed the mast to see over the horizon. In modern times the quest has led to such airborne aids as the gyro compass, horizon indicator and radio direction finding navigational systems. Sequences on radar show its basics and how it works in modern planes. Director: Marvin Dreyer.
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Animation, Radar, Aviation: Navigation
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by Donahue (Harry D.)
14,178
29
8
Southwestern U.S. travelogue flies around in modern 1930s airplanes, stopping off at Albuquerque and an Arizona dude ranch, all the time focusing on fashions worn by its cargo of aspiring Paramount starlets. Excellent pre-World War II fashion footage in Kodachrome, plus documentation of affluent tourist destinations. Produced and directed by Harry D. Donahue. With Mary Martin.
( 8 reviews )
Topics: Fashion, Aviation: Commercial, Travelogues
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by Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc.
14,123
19
2
Careers in photography and cinematography.
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Occupations: Photography, Media: Photography, Motion pictures: Production
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13,858
8
8
Television commercial for Macleans Toothpaste.
( 8 reviews )
Prelinger Archives
13,564
9
17
0584 PA8478 Dollar Store #2
( 17 reviews )
Topic: need meta
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11,652
3
5
( 5 reviews )
B/W 1) 00:02:85 A husband helps his wife remove from the car an "antique" chair that she just purchased. He jokes that it looks like a dentist chair, which leads her to comment that Johnny only had two cavities, which she thinks must be due to their use of CREST. The husband then notices that the chair was made in The U.S.A. in 1951. 2) 00:34:31 GLEEM -- "Preventive Medicine for fewer cavities. Stannous fluoride plus stannous pyrophosphate". Close-up of an exaggerated...
( 2 reviews )
Prelinger Archives
10,725
6
5
( 5 reviews )
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
10,123
8
4
Importance of railroads to 1950s America. Directed by Haford Kerbawy.
( 4 reviews )
Topic: Transportation: Railroad
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by various
8,661
5
1
[The following titles and shotlists may be elsewhere on PA-0649; this description may therefore need revision after viewing.] Tape 0649 [New Film] [Untitled] Color Sound Ideal dolls commercial. Girls slumber party; VS little dolls with growing hair; great jingle �Hair that grows hair that grows from here to there, it grows� Tape 0649 [New Film] [Untitled] MPO Television Films, Inc. Color Sound Ideal dolls commercial. Girls slumber party; VS little dolls with growing hair; great jingle...
( 1 reviews )
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8,287
2
4
( 4 reviews )
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by Havens (Wickham)
7,717
4
5
Real estate promotional film on Oakland, California and her sister cities made by Wickham Havens, a local developer.
( 5 reviews )
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area: Oakland
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
7,174
3
2
Cliche-ridden rural/urban improbable romance concocted to promote Ford tractors.
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Rural America, Music, Gender roles
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by RKO Teleradio Pictures, Yankee Division
7,023
5
2
Promotional film for the Yankee network, a network of radio stations in New England with excellent shots of radio production and radio broadcasting. 10:01:38:29 Nice product placement MS “Scan-O-Scope” radio. 10:01:47:07 1950s to 1960s housewife sewing beside “Scan-O-Scope” radio. 10:01:54:00 From elevated angle camera looks down on man between two high-tech looking radios with many knobs dials between speaker box; man turns large knob tuning radio on right. 10:02:00:06 CU old fashioned...
( 2 reviews )
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by various
5,258
2
1
[The following titles and shotlists may be elsewhere on PA-0649; this description may therefore need revision after viewing.] Tape 0649 Film 8184 [Untitled] Color Sound 1960s Tupperware commercial; VS Tupperware; women having a Tupper party. 20:05:28:02 1960s women's Tupperware party, pan down to display of various pieces of Tupperware on wood tabletop, shot dissolves to same composition of Tupperware on beach. 20:05:40:09 CU disembodied woman's finger runs down yellow pages to advertisement...
( 1 reviews )
B/W 1) 00:02:85 A husband helps his wife remove from the car an "antique" chair that she just purchased. He jokes that it looks like a dentist chair, which leads her to comment that Johnny only had two cavities, which she thinks must be due to their use of CREST. The husband then notices that the chair was made in The U.S.A. in 1951. 2) 00:34:31 GLEEM -- "Preventive Medicine for fewer cavities. Stannous fluoride plus stannous pyrophosphate". Close-up of an exaggerated...
( 1 reviews )
Prelinger Archives
by various
4,293
4
1
[The following titles and shotlists may be elsewhere on PA-0649; this description may therefore need revision after viewing.] Tape 0649 [New Film] [Untitled] Color Sound Great cartoon for 1963 Chevrolet; outline of woman in red and man in green; woman talks about a new and wonderful things coming into their life, man thinks she is talking about a baby only to realize it is the new Chevrolet; very creative cartoon. Tape 0649 [New Film] Hit Parade Color Sound Hit Parade cigarettes commercial....
( 1 reviews )
Prelinger Archives
3,997
4
1
A Ford advertising film or television commercial. A suburban housewife talks to CAM in her clean kitchen about the benefits of owning two cars; man pulls out of his driveway in a 1956 Ford Victoria car; CU the Ford Victoria car driving down road, POV moving car alongside; driving a Ford Ranch Wagon car pulls out of driveway and onto street. 07:20:52:10 MS young attractive 1950s housewife on telephone; woman hangs up phone in kitchen and speaks to camera “You know, two weeks ago, I couldn’t...
( 1 reviews )
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by Young America Films, Inc.
3,712
3
0
Shows the development of transportation and communication, and the resultant bringing together of the world. Great footage of technological developments in transportation and communication technology. Great metaphor for early globalization theory in image of the planet shrinking. 23:21:17:14 VS poor rural Chinese children breaking rocks with hammers. 23:21:32:02 VS Over fifty Chinese men pulling large roller to flatten land for airfield; great shot Chinese boy guiding the roller looks into...
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by WPTZ Motion Picture Unit
3,689
1
1
PA-0807 shotlist: 07:10:56:15 Philadelphia as seen across Delaware River. 07:11:07:23 Great shot from car on Delaware Bridge. 07:11:13:10 Pan up industrial building in Camden, NJ; Campbell’s soup water tower on top of building. 07:11:27:07 Aerial of Levittown, Pennsylvania suburbs; pan over Levittown suburbs. 07:11:43:24 Aerial Trenton, NJ.; VS bustling streets in 1950s downtown Trenton, New Jersey. 07:11:57:19 VS downtown Wilmington, Delaware in 1950s. 07:12:04:07 High-angle Bethlehem,...
( 1 reviews )
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by Engel (Walter)
3,180
3
0
1) 00:04:85 "EVERYBODY NEEDS ENERGY-PACKED SUNBEAM BREAD" A wooden roller coaster zooms down its track. Two boys in cowboy outfits walking on a boardwalk. Close-up of a smiling boy on a merry-go-round horse. A merry-go-round horse with no rider. A boy in a cowboy outfit looking forlorn, sits on a bench and bounces a ball. Another boy in a cowboy outfit sits next to him on the bench, opens up a lunch box and hands the first boy a sandwich wrapped in wax paper. Close-up of a boy in a...
Prelinger Archives
2,908
10
0
[The following titles and shotlists may be elsewhere on PA-0649; this description may therefore need revision after viewing.] Tape 0649 [New Film] [Untitled] Color Sound Ideal dolls commercial. Girls slumber party; VS little dolls with growing hair; great jingle “Hair that grows hair that grows from here to there, it grows” Tape 0649 [New Film] [Untitled] MPO Television Films, Inc. Color Sound Ideal dolls commercial. Girls slumber party; VS little dolls with growing hair; great jingle...
[The following titles and shotlists may be elsewhere on PA-0649; this description may therefore need revision after viewing.] Tape 0649 Film 8184 [Untitled] Color Sound 1960s Tupperware commercial; VS Tupperware; women having a Tupper party. 20:05:28:02 1960s women’s Tupperware party, pan down to display of various pieces of Tupperware on wood tabletop, shot dissolves to same composition of Tupperware on beach. 20:05:40:09 CU disembodied woman’s finger runs down yellow pages to...
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by Strauss (Henry) and Company, Inc.
1,917
1
0
Peacetime airborne radar installations perform several most useful functions. They are an aid to navigation, they provide early warning against storms, they detect nearby terrain, and they are capable of alerting the pilot to nearby aircraft. Many commercial airlines are now installing or plan to install this indispensable equipment. One which already has is Pan American. PAA aircraft are equipped with modern radar, and the company is most convinced that the device pays for itself many times...
Prelinger Archives
1,912
1
1
Ivory Soap, Comet cleanser, Top Job; Tide; Epic Coffee, Crisco, Johnson's Family Hairspray; Cascade, Skeletal Entry
( 1 reviews )
Prelinger Archives
1,583
2
0
[The following titles and shotlists may be elsewhere on PA-0649; this description may therefore need revision after viewing.] Tape 0649 [New Film] [Untitled] Color Sound Great cartoon for 1963 Chevrolet; outline of woman in red and man in green; woman talks about a new and wonderful things coming into their life, man thinks she is talking about a baby only to realize it is the new Chevrolet; very creative cartoon. Tape 0649 [New Film] Hit Parade Color Sound Hit Parade cigarettes commercial....
Prelinger Archives
1,571
2
0
[The following titles and shotlists may be elsewhere on PA-0649; this description may therefore need revision after viewing.] Tape 0649 [New Film] [Untitled] BW Sound Genteel Baby Bath and Shampoo commercial; probably from around 1950s. 20:16:59:01 CU drop of water drips from top of frame, shot of cute little soapy baby superimposed into drop of water; CU bottle of Genteel Baby Bath and Shampoo; VS disembodied arms washing cute little baby. Tape 0649 [New Film] [Untitled] BW Sound Commercial...
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by WPTZ Motion Picture Unit
1,326
4
0
PA-0807 shotlist: 07:10:56:15 Philadelphia as seen across Delaware River. 07:11:07:23 Great shot from car on Delaware Bridge. 07:11:13:10 Pan up industrial building in Camden, NJ; Campbell’s soup water tower on top of building. 07:11:27:07 Aerial of Levittown, Pennsylvania suburbs; pan over Levittown suburbs. 07:11:43:24 Aerial Trenton, NJ.; VS bustling streets in 1950s downtown Trenton, New Jersey. 07:11:57:19 VS downtown Wilmington, Delaware in 1950s. 07:12:04:07 High-angle Bethlehem,...
Prelinger Archives
by WPTZ Motion Picture Unit
1,286
2
0
PA-0807 shotlist: 07:10:56:15 Philadelphia as seen across Delaware River. 07:11:07:23 Great shot from car on Delaware Bridge. 07:11:13:10 Pan up industrial building in Camden, NJ; Campbell’s soup water tower on top of building. 07:11:27:07 Aerial of Levittown, Pennsylvania suburbs; pan over Levittown suburbs. 07:11:43:24 Aerial Trenton, NJ.; VS bustling streets in 1950s downtown Trenton, New Jersey. 07:11:57:19 VS downtown Wilmington, Delaware in 1950s. 07:12:04:07 High-angle Bethlehem,...
Prelinger Archives
1,242
2
2
Ivory Soap, Comet cleanser, Top Job; Tide; Epic Coffee, Crisco, Johnson's Family Hairspray; Cascade, Skeletal Entry
( 2 reviews )
Commercials
70
ITEMS
30
VIEWS
30
A collection of vintage commercials within the Prelinger Library. Click to see a Tag Cloud of the Archive's Prelinger Collection. Click for more information about the Prelinger Archives. Information about Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly library of printed materials located in San Francisco, is here. Click to send an email to Rick Prelinger.